Farhan Zaidi made both the Oakland A’s and the LA Dodgers winners. He will make the SF Giants winners, too!
It will take some time due to years of Farm System neglect but he has already made significant progress in his initial year with the Giants.
Following are the significant trades that he made which have turned a below .500 team into a .500 team and possibly an above average team next year.
Below are the significant transactions that he made:
March 22 – Traded for Mike Yastrzemski (OF) for Tyler Herb (minor league P).
May 1 – Gave a chance to Stephen Vogt (C) to join Spring Training and called him up from Sacramento.
May 2 – Traded for Kevin Pillar for Alen Hanson (IF), Derek Law (P), Juan De Paula (minor league P).
May 7 – Selected the contract for Donovan Solano (IF) from Sacramento after acquiring him in a minor league deal over the winter.
June 10 – Traded for Alex Dickerson (OF) for Franklin Van Gurp (minor league P).
June 21 – Claimed Joey Rickard (OF) off waivers.
- Traded for Mauricio Dubon (prospect IF) for Drew Pomerantz (P) and Ray Black (P).
- Traded for Dan Winkler (P) and Tristen Beck (P) for Mark Melancon along with his huge contract.
- Traded for Jaylin Davis (prospect OF), Kai-Wei Teng (prospect P), and Prelander Berroa (Prospect P) for Sam Dyson (P).
- Traded for Joe McCarthy (prospect OF) for Jacob Lopez (minor league P).
- Acquired Scooter Gennett (IF) for cash. They later released him to give Dubon more playing time.
Currently, the Giants Top 30 Propects are:
Future Value: 50+
1. Heliot Ramos (grade up)
2. Marco Luciano (grade up)
Future Value: 50
3. Joey Bart
Future Value: 45+
4. Alexander Canario (+1)
5. Hunter Bishop (-1)
6. Logan Webb
Future Value: 45
7. Mauricio Dubon
8. Sean Hjelle
9. Seth Corry (+1, grade up)
10. Gregory Santos (-3, grade down)
Future Value: 40+
11. Logan Wyatt (-2)
12. Jake Wong (-1)
13. P.J. Hilson (-1)
14. Trevor McDonald (-1)
15. Sam Selman (-1)
Future Value: 40
16. Melvin Adon (-1)
17. Luis Toribio (-1)
18. Jose Marte (-1)
19. Ricardo Genoves (-1)
20. Zach Green (-1)
21. Conner Menez (-1)
22. Franklin Labour (-1)
23. Tristan Beck
24. Jairo Pomares
25. Kai-Wei Teng
Future Value: 35+
26. Luis Matos
27. Prelander Berroa
28. Sean Roby (-6)
29. Raffi Vizcaino (-6)
30. Tyler Fitzgerald (-5)
Each player on the list receives a prospect grade on the 20-80 scale. For a quicker rundown one can think of grades with these meanings (with an example in parenthesis):
80: Top-5 player in baseball (8+ WAR a season)
70: Top 10 player in the baseball (5-8 WAR a season)
60: All-Star (3.5-5 WAR a season)
55: Above-average everyday player (2.5-3.5 WAR a season)
50: Average everyday player (1.5-2.5 WAR a season)
45: Platoon player/fringe everyday (0.5-1.5 WAR a season)
40: Bench player (0.2-0.5 WAR a season)
35: AAAA player (0-0.2 WAR a season)
30: AAA Player
20: Organization player (<0 WAR a season)
Even with the trades that Zaidi made this year, one can see that the Giants still have a long way to go to catch up to the top tier teams. Having said that, he was able to get the most out of what he started with.
Giant fans have to hope that the Top 10 prospects pan out and some in their Top 11-30 surprises while Zaidi continues to look under every rock and continues his magic in the upcoming years.
While Farhan is an analytics genius, he also has a very good sense of dealing with fan, player and administration feelings. 2019 is a very special year as future HOFer, Bruce Bochy, will be retiring at season’s end. Although many wanted Zaidi to clean house and trade Bumgarner and Will Smith, he found a way to keep both players who had the best trade value while improving the roster. Bochy has a chance to win 2,000 games as a coach so Zaidi was sensitive to giving the Giants the best chance to win as many games as possible this year.
Bochy has led his teams to four Pennants and three World Series championships. His teams have posted a 44-33 (.571) record in the postseason. Only Joe Torre (84 wins), Tony LaRussa (70) and Bobby Cox (67) have more postseason victories than Bochy. The Giants have won 11 of their 12 postseason series in Bochy’s tenure, with their lone loss coming in the 2016 NLDS against the Cubs. From 2010-2016, Bochy won 11-straight postseason rounds, which tied Joe Torre (Yankees, 1998-2001) for the longest streak ever by a manager.
While it may take some time to get the Giants into a top tier team, if any GM can turn a team around, it is Farhan Zaidi.